What I Have Written is a blog for commentary about religion, belief and religious practices. In addition, there will be occasional observations about art and popular culture, with a movie, music or book review thrown in for good measure. And there will be the author’s prerogative of writing about personal matters, but this is not intended to be principally a first-person blog.
Although written from a Protestant Christian perspective, I am interested in (and somewhat familiar with) other Christian traditions and non-Christian faiths. I take a centrist position on matters of faith — and politics. I’m sympathetic to confessional or orthodox practice, but I have a bias against anti-intellectualism. Theologically, I’m in the neo-orthodox camp with Karl Barth and my former teacher at Duke University, Stanley Hauerwas.
My main objective in this blog is to bring faith and reason together and to provoke those who read it to think and to respond, contributing to a dialogue that will be passionate yet civil.
The title of the blog is a reference to the Gospel of John (19:22). Jewish leaders have complained to Pilate about the sign he posts above Jesus’ head on the cross, which seems to give official sanction to Jesus’ claim to be king of the Jews. Pilate’s reply shows imperiousness, stubbornness and (unintended) irony, all good qualities for a commentator: “What I have written, I have written.”